Why You Need a Certified Chimney Sweep

The seal of a certified chimney sweep

The seal of a certified chimney sweep

When it comes to your chimney’s maintenance, you want to make sure that only the best are working on it to make sure that it is always safe for you and your family.  Even if you just need your annual sweep and inspection, you should hire someone who is ready for the job.  To speak with a professional call the people at Chim-Cheree, The Chimney Specialists

Why do you need a chimney sweep?

Chimney sweeps are important because they remove all of the creosote from the inside of the chimney.  If creosote is not removed it will sink into the structure and smell during the hot, humid months.  Also, creosotes will stick together and for clumps on the inside of the chimney.  These clumps are very easy to heat up and can put your home in danger of a chimney fire in just minutes. Lastly, the clumps will cause draft problems.  This means that the air containing harmful byproducts cannot properly exit and could put you in danger of having Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

What credentials should you look for in a chimney technician?

Even if you are great with projects around the house, you should still hire a professional to do chimney related tasks.  You will also have an inspection with your sweep to make sure all parts are functioning.  The most important thing to look for when hiring a technician is that they are Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified.  This means that they go by standards set across North America.  To become certified, they must attend classes, pass multiple tests, and follow the CSIA code of ethics.  This is also a license that has to be renewed.  You should also check into how long the company has been in business, if they have any references, and if they have ever had any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau.  Lastly, some companies will carry insurance to cover any accidents with your home or belongings while they are on property.  Your family and friends will all have ideas on who to recommend, and you can also find reviews on the internet.

Our technicians here at Chim-Cheree, The Chimney Specialist are all CSIA certified and have the experience to tackle any chimney or fireplace problem. Give us a call or schedule an online appointment today!